iPods and iPads as Assistive Technology:


  • real world learning
  • anywhere-anytime learning
  • promotes 21st century skills
  • pairing audio with visual
  • cool factor
  • portability
  • supports differentiation and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • price
  • Benefits multi-modal learners: visual, kinesthetic, auditory
  • Can be used to set background knowledge, pre-teach
    vocabulary, reinforce content presented in class, and for
    practice opportunities for skill mastery

Applications ("Apps") What is an app?

"Apps" is short for 'applications". It's kind of like a mini software program for the itechnology device. An icon appears on the idevice indicating immediate access to the application. These apps can be purchased from itunes or directly from the device, if there is a wireless connection. Many of the apps are free, approximately 30%.Currently there are over 300,000 apps, 10,000 of which are designed for education and more are being created daily.

Licensing and use of Apps:

This PDF was taken from Paula Walser's iTechnology wiki and explains the latest licensing agreements set forth by Apple for ipod and ipad users in the educational setting.

How do I decide which apps to use?

Look at the student first, then find apps that can support their needs.


Proloquo2Go™ from AssistiveWare provides a full-featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 items, full expandability and extreme ease of use to the iPhone and iPod touch. This apps costs $189.99.

Touch Chat HD AAC
This app is a full featured communication solutions, or AAC product. $149.99

Touch Chat HD AAC with Word Power__
This app provides fully functioning AAC software bundled with the WordPower Series of AAC vocabularies designed by Nancy Inman. WordPower24 is a word based vocabulary that allows for easy and intuitive communicaiton. $299.99

AAC software with photos and voice recording feature that can be used with web authoring service. $39.99

Tap Speak Button
Records and customizes single messages. $9.99

Tap Speak Button Plus__
TapSpeak Button for iPad modernizes the idea of a mechanical switch that records and plays messages. $49.99

Tap Speak Sequence
Record and customize a sequence of recorded messages. $29.99

Tap Speak Choice for iPad__
Communication board for iPad using Dynavox MJ picture symbols. $99
YouTube Video

Talking Tom
This app repeats everything you say in a higher pitched voice. FREE

iSpeech Toddler Sign Language
Provides cartoon animated demos for common signs. $1.99

Speak It!
Copy or type text for text to speech using natural sounding voices. $1.99

Create customized boards using AbleNet images or photos from your own library. Boards can be up to 9 locations. $49


Hidden Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults
This app provides social tips/rules to explain socially appropriate behaviors for adolescents and Adults. $1.99

Hidden Curriculum for Kids
This app provides social tips and cues for explaining unwritten social rules. $1.99

Going Places Model Me 2
Mini videos to teach social skills. FREE

Social Skills Sampler
This app consists of videos and instructions to teach social skills for independent living. FREE

Everyday Social Skills
This app consists of videos and instructions to teach social skills for independent living. $.99

Uses drawings and photos to communicate schedules and actions. $4.99

Create stories using digital photos. $13.99

Create visual supports to increase independent functioning for students who might depend on visual prompts. $9.99

Quick Cues
App that provides social scripts in a text format, no pictures. $4.99

Create 'check list' in seconds. $.99

Time Timer
Improves time management with a visual depiction of time and optional audible and vibrate signals for iPhone. $4.99

This app is designed to calm, focus and align children with autism and related disorders. It was created in conjunction with Thinking Moves. FREE

Various feelings are expressed in a cute cartoon-like way. FREE

DTT Colors
This app uses Discrete Trial Training (DTT) to help your child learn the basic colors. $13.99

DTT Letters
This app uses Discrete Trial Training (DTT) to help your child learn the basic letters. $6.99

DTT Shapes
This app uses Discrete Trial Training (DTT) to help your chid learn the basic shapes. $7.99

DTT Numbers
This app uses Discrete Trial Training (DTT) to help your child learn the numbers. $6.99

DTT Words
This app uses Discrete Trial Training (DTT) to help your child learn basic words. $2.99


This app comes with the i-devices and can be used to organize and manage your daily calendar. FREE

Awesome Note
Combines notes with to do's that are transferred to email, Google Docs and Evernote. $3.99

Dropbox files to view, download for offline viewing, capture and syn photos and videos and share links. FREE

Create text, photo and audio notes that synchronize to your computer. FREE

Google Mobile
Access Google Apps and search using your voice and use SafeSearch for content filtering. FREE

keep track of homework, classes, tests and projects. FREE

Easy to read time and weather with alarms. FREE

ToDo List for iPad
ToDo list with ability to prioritize and customize. FREE

Using predictive text, search for Wikipedia entries, and bookmark the whole entry or individual sections. FREE


Alphabet presents this app to support alphabet learning. FREE

ABC Animals
Interactive animal flashcards with audio that provides letter names and associated animal names. $1.99

abc Pocket Phonics
Combines three apps inone with letter sounds, letter writing practice and 170 first words. FREE/$1.99

Anagram based spelling game. $.99

Use letters to create words, and retrieve definition. FREE

FREE Books
Over 23,000 books in public domain. FREE

ICDL Books for Children
Thousands of children's books from 60 countries in various languages with illustrations. FREE

Download and read books using iBooks app. Dictionary, highlighting and note features as well as increase or decreasing font. FREE

Download from over 50,000 free books and read them with tabbed navigation, copy support and note sharing. FREE

Create a story by drawing, taking a photo, typing and recording your voice then upload the story to a website. FREE

Survival Signs and Words
Designed to teach and reinforce basic signs and words critical for independent living. $.99

WordWeb Dictionary
English dictionary and thesaurus over 280,000 words, intelligent word entry with word prediction. FREE

Coming Soon......Bookshare app!


ABC Tracer
Animates and shows how to write alphabet with strokes in the correct direction on traditional red and blue writing guides. FREE lite/$1.99

In easy or regular mode, trace numbers, lowercase or uppercase letters using numbered prompts. FREE lite/$2.99

Dragon Dictation
Voice recognition to speak, see and edit your text then share it to the clipboard, SMS or email. FREE

Spel It Rite Pro
From two choices, select the correctly spelled word as quickly as possible. $.99

Idea Sketch
Customized graphic organizers. FREE

Typenology Lite
Word Prediction typing. FREE


Basic Math
Basic drill and practice of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division. FREE lite/$1.99

Coin Math
Identify, match and count coins, make change and go shopping. $1.99

Math Drills
Drills for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. FREE lite/$1.99

Calculator app comes free with device. FREE

CloudMath Free
Practice adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing with a timer, levels of difficulty and solution choices. $.99

Freddy Fraction
Use Freddy, an alien, to determine the equivalence among fractions, decimals and percents. FREE

Times Tables
Choose a time table that you want to study, or choose them all! See, hear and practice all times tables timed or untimed. FREE lite/$2.99

Learn to count and add using dice. FREE

Kids Tell Time
Practice telling time on an analog and digital clock.

Jungle Coins
Teaches coin math using interactive activities. $2.99

Pizza 1 Math Bingo
Learn and practice simple fractions with a pizza and a chef. Cute and motivating. FREE

1st Grade
Practice patterns with this app. FREE

Math Bingo
Practice math facts and play bingo at the same time and accumulate bugs!!

Sticker Shop
Purchase stickers and practice counting money. FREE

Dot to Dot Number Whiz
Practice sequencing numbers, adding, multiplying and customize for individual players based on skill level.

Teach fractions with a fun cartoon character.

Triangle Solve
Use this app to help find the missing angle of a triangle. FREE


Tap Tap Revenge 4
Tap and shake to the beat, featuring tons of free tracks by popular artists in offline or online modes. FREE

Pocket Piano
Play the piano on your ipod or ipad. FREE

Create songs by simply touching the screen and seeing notes light up. FREE

White Noise
Provides ambient sounds from the environment. $.99


Old MacDonald
animated song book. FREE

Five Little Monkeys
Musical counting with toys that react to touch. $1.99

Itsy Bitsy Spider
Every item in this song is interactive and the spider navigates from screen to screen. $1.99


Doodle Buddy
Finger pain with colors and tap the screen to include stampsl, pictures, letters on different backgrounds. Email this creations too. FREE

Doodle Find
Visual perception and tracking game, search for the hidden object. FREE

iColoringBook Lite
with many pen colors paint included images or use downloaded images from the internet. FREE lite/$2.99

Puzzle Animal
Layer different animal puzzles on top of one another-difficult. FREE

Shape Builder
Drag and drop pieces of a puzzle in to create different shapes. FREE

Remember the old Light Brite game? It's back! FREE


Doodle Fit
Fit differently shaped pieces into a larger shape without changing the orientation. Challenging, but fun.

Animal Memory Match
Memory game.

Build an ice cream cone up to the moon by tilting the ipod/ipad from side to side to collect falling scoops! FREE

Flights Control Free
Land planes by creating unique flight patterns without crashing! FREE

Cookie Doodle
Make any kind of cookie that you want step by step. Be creative and decorate your cookie. Fun!

Crazy Copy
Follow the lights and sounds pattern.

Classic Uno game

Skee Ball
Classic Skee Ball Game


With large, high contrast text, it is easier to select and call a person from your contact list. $1.99

sound AMP
The advanced processor amplifies soft and medium sounds and softens loud sounds. $4.99

Text Enlarger HD
Type in desired text and it will enlarge it up to 620 point font. $1.99

LookTel Money Reader
This is an app only for iPhone (3GS or 4) or ipod (3rd or 4th generation with a camera) touch or the newest ipad with a camera. It instantly recognizes US currency and speaks teh denomination, enabling people with visual impairments the ability to identify and count bills. $1.99

RFB&D Audio
Gain instant access to RFB&D's downloadable DAISY formatted books. RFB&D members can explore the extensive library of more than 64,000 books designed for persons with print and learning diabilities. $19.99

This is an application is compatible with iphone, ipod touch (4th generation) and iPad 2, that allows people with visual impairments to identify the color of things. $.99


Audio output for expressing phrases "hello", moods "I am happy", assistance "call the doctor", etc. FREE

Articulation app, a collection of articulation cards for multiple sounds with ability to record sound and track data. FREE lite/$29.99

PhonoPix Full__
Phonological app and the companion to ArtikPix. Flashcards and matching activities with minimal pairs. $24.99

Minimal Pairs
This application is from Pocket SLP. It is a minimal pairs app designed to target the twelve most common phonological processes. $29.99

Pocket SLP Articulation__
Engaging as this app offers a unique multi-sensory approach to artic drill.$29.99

Articulate It!__
Articulation app that contains over 1000 pictures, audio recordings, ability to track multiple students, ability to group sounds by Manner, built in voice recording allow children to compare their productions with the recordings and more. $49.99

iPractice Verbs__
This app is a tool to teach/learn verbs in the present, present progressive and past tense. $10.99

This is an app designed to help children with language delays practice answering 'wh' questions. $14.99. *mixed reviews

Actions flashcards focusing on actions. FREE

Word Bingo
Play traditional Bingo while identifying words or spelling at different grade levels.

Verbs with Milo
Practice verbs with Milo the Mouse.

Speech with Milo Prepositions
Practice prepositions with Milo the Mouse

App designed to help children lean how to build grammatically correct sentences.

What If
This app is great for language therapy. Get conversations started with "what if..."

This app is designed to help children learn to answer abstract questions and create responses based on inference.

Idioms Lite
Test your students knowledge of common idioms used in everyday langauge.

Conversation Starters
Fun questions to answer in order to start a conversation.

Videos and audio support to demonstrate production of certain sounds.

Fluency Tracker
This app is designed for individual who stutter. This app is designed to compliment the services of SLP's . This app allows the individual to track changes in frequency of stuttering, avoidance behaviors and feelings associated with certain speaking situations. $8.99

iBubble Snap Lite
Create bubbles by blowing into the microphone on your i-device. FREE lite

Small Talk Oral Motor Exercises
Videos with auditory support to demonstrate oral motor exercises.

Talking Tom
Tom is your pet cat, that responds to your touch and repeats everything you say with a funny voice. FREE

Question Builder
Question Builder is designed to help elementary aged children learn to answer abstract questions and create responses based on inference. $3.99

Sentence Builder
Sentence Builder is designed to help elementary aged children learn how to build grammatically correct sentences. $2.99

Story Builder
Story Builder is designed to help children accomplish the following educational goals: 1) Improve paragraph formation ; 2) Improve integration of ideas; and 3) Improve higher level abstractions by inference. $3.99

Conversation Builder
ConversationBuilder™ is designed to help elementary aged children learn how to have multi-exchange conversations with their peers in a variety of social settings. $5.99

Name that Category by Super Duper
This app has all 56 illustrated picture cards (plus audio of each card text) from the Name That Category! Fun Deck by Super Duper Publications $5.99

Practicing Pragmatics by Super Duper
This app has all 52 illustrated picture cards (plus audio of the text on each card) from the Practicing Pragmatics Fun Deck® by Super Duper® Publications. $5.99

What are They Thinking by Super Duper

Understanding Inferences by Super Duper
This app has all 52 illustrated picture cards (plus audio of the text on each card) from the Understanding Inferences Fun Deck® by Super Duper® Publications. $5.99

"WH" Questions at School by Super Duper
This app has all 56 illustrated picture cards (plus audio of each card text) from the “WH” Questions At School Fun Deck® by Super Duper® Publications. $5.99

Following Directions by Super Duper
This app has all 52 illustrated picture cards (plus audio of each card text) from the Following Directions Fun Deck® by Super Duper® Publications. $5.99

If...Then by Super Duper


Injini Preschool Games
The app is a collection of learning games designed for young children with cognitive, language and fine motor delays. Excellent reviews $49.99

Alpha Books HD
Designed for children ages 2-6. 24 books in one app, the letter buddies help children prepare for school. $3.99

Alpha Tots
Action based verbs encourage young children to "do" as they learn $2.99

Word Wizard
"Speak and Spell for the iPad" $2.99

Wheels on the Bus HD
Interactive story app $1.99

Itsy Bitsy Spider
Interactive story app $1.99

First Words
Expand language skills through 8 educational games $1.99

I Hear Ewe
24 different authentic animal sounds and 12 different vehicle sounds FREE

iWrite Words Lite
Teaches handwriting while playing fun and entertaining games FREE

ABC Lite
Teaches the basics of reading and writing to young kids FREE

Alpha Baby Free
Play with letters, watch them grow, use real photos, etc. FREE

Art of Glow
Cause/Effect FREE

Dot to Dot Lite
Traditional "dot to dot" to teach letters, numbers and multiplication FREE

Glow Coloring

Preschool Games Farm Animals
Helps children learn words by sight, sounds and touch best for children ages 0-6 FREE

ABC Tracer Lite
Comprehensive ABC app FREE

Doodle Buddy
Turn your finger into a drawing instrument-very fun! FREE

Toy Story 3 Memory

Time Timer

Animal Memory Match Lite


The States
Learn the 50 states and capitals. $.99

Life Cycles
This app is designed to help students learn about life cycles. $.99

3D Cell Stain
Create your own cell image, explore a 3D cell

US Capitals Lite
Identify state capitals in this app to test your knowledge.

Google Earth
Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth. FREE

3D Brain
Use the touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures of the brain.

Stack the States
This app makes learning about the states fun, watch as the states come to life as characters in this game. FREE lite/


View this document taken from Paula Walser's wiki written by Luiz Perez........

How to Search for Apps:

You can search for apps on iTunes ( Click the iTunes store (left side) and type the name of the app you are searching for. You can also search by category or topic. Click on the picture of the app to learn about the app, the developer, the price and customer ratings and reviews.

Organizing Your Apps:

In order to conserve space and allow for the maximum amount of apps on a device at once you may consider grouping your apps into a folder. To do this place your finger on an app until it jiggles. Now you may touch and drag it onto another app to create a folder. To stop the edit mode, click the physical home button.

Deleting an App:

If you want to delete an app from your device, simple touch and hold the app until it jiggles. This will show an "X" prompt on the top left corner of the icon. Select the "X" and delete.

Hardware and Accessories:

- Otterbox cases
- iballz protective case
- RJ Cooper Switches
- RJ Cooper carrying cases
- iPad mounting hardware


1. Paula's wikiPaula Walser, an Assistive Technology Specialist formerly from the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI) presents: "Maximizing Your Touch."

*Eric Sailers, the creator of Proloquo2Go and he has compiled resource manual for educational applications. This list can be found at the following website:


5. LaGrange Area Department of Special Education wiki resource, complete with video tutorials of some apps
6. - YouTube is a great place to go to obtain information about specific apps
7. - Go to App Shopper to find apps, search by category and find apps on sale!!

CASE iPad requests:

Vision iPad list
Vision iPad request form

OT iPad list
OT iPad request form